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“Kid Trailblazers: True Tales of Childhood from Changemakers and Leaders” by Robin Stevenson, illustrated by Allison Steinfeld

circa 2022, Quirk Books

$14.99

224pages

Almost every problem has a solution.

Sometimes a solution is right in front of your face and you can get there without anyone’s help. Other times, well, another pair of eyes or hands can help you find the right path, or a tantrum can lead you to an “AHA!” Remember: almost every problem has a solution, and as you will see in “Kid Trailblazers” by Robin Stevenson, illustrated by Allison Steinfeldyou don’t have to be an adult to understand.

Sometimes being a kid is frustrating. You might feel helpless, like you can’t do anything. So how does it feel to know that some of the world’s greatest change makers were children, just like you?

Take, for example, Al Gore, former vice president and climate change leader. When Gore was a boy, his parents reserved a place for him at dinner parties, so he could talk and learn from important and influential adult guests over the meal.

Or take Benazir Bhutto, who was the first elected female leader of a Muslim country. Bhutto’s parents were both activists and changemakers, and she followed in their footsteps. German Angela Merkel loved to visit the countryside when she was little, but when she was seven years old, Germany split in two, and so did her family, because of politics. Speaking of politics, Kamala Harris‘ parents viewed political activism as worthwhile and good, and Stacey Abrams’ parents kept their daughters busy with many responsibilities.

Civil rights activist John Lewis’ first “good problem” was applying for a library card at a separate library. Marley Dias started a book drive for underprivileged children when she was 10 years old. Environmentalist David Suzuki spent much of his childhood in a Canadian-Japanese internment camp during World War II. Greta Thunberg suffered bullying because of her autism. Mari Copenny used her title of Little Miss Flint to advocate for clean water for her town. And like most kids, Shonda Rimes watched TV, but what she seen needed programming that looked like the real world…

The school year stretches out in front of your child, long and unknown. What is we know, however, that there will be a time when your 9- to 12-year-old scrambles for a biography for some sort of class, and “Kid Trailblazers” is a good choice.

Not only will this book cover the “biography” part of what your child will need, but it will be a book that he As. Author Robin Stevenson has chosen a small handful of influential, change-making adults who were once children — just like your child, but with a possible twist: your child will clearly see the seeds of childhood activism from each biographical subject.

Without the rest of the story – which Stevenson tells and Steinfeld illustrates wonderfully – the inspiration might be lost, but that’s not the case here. Instead, this book helps young leaders get excited about solving the problems they spot, and they can also meet new heroes. For your biography search this school year, “Kid Trailblazers” is the easy way out.

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